Follow best practices when installing vSphere Auto Deploy and when using Auto Deploy with other vSphere components. Set up a highly available Auto Deploy infrastructure in large production environments or when using stateless caching. Follow all security guidelines that you would follow in a PXE boot environment, and consider the recommendations in this chapter.
Auto Deploy Best Practices You can follow several Auto Deploy best practices, set up networking, configure vSphere HA, and otherwise optimize your environment for Auto Deploy.
Set Up Highly Available Auto Deploy Infrastructure In many production situations, a highly available Auto Deploy infrastructure is required to prevent data loss. Such infrastructure is also a prerequisite for using Auto Deploy with stateless caching.
Auto Deploy Security Considerations Understanding potential security risks helps you set up your environment in a secure manner.
Using the Device Alias Configuration Host Profile In vSphere 5.5 and later, you can persistently map a device (bus address) to a device name (alias). You can modify the mapping by using the Device Alias Configuration host profile. Using persistent mapping can help avoid compliance warnings for stateless hosts, and is also useful for stateful hosts.
Provision ESXi Host by Using an Image Profile Without VMware Tools When you provision ESXi hosts with Auto Deploy, you can select to provision the host by using the image profile that does not contain VMware Tools binaries. This image profile is usually smaller, has a lower memory overhead, and boots faster in a PXE-boot environment.
Download Auto Deploy Logs You can use the Auto Deploy logging information from the vSphere Web Client to resolve problems that you encounter with vSphere Auto Deploy.